So I do this podcast with the rock band I play in, and this week’s episode is a nostalgic one for yours truly. Talked for a while about the first song we ever played together, almost a decade ago. Also talked about a fair amount of other foolishness. It’s fun, go on, give it a listen, or grab it from iTunes.
This one is mildly comics-related as well, which I why I bring it up in these parts. When we released this song with our old band back in 2002, I drew an odd short comic to serve as the liner notes for the CD (remember CDs?). Figured this gave me a nice excuse to post that comic here and embarrass myself with my sloppy drawings from almost a decade ago. So go ahead and read it right here, if you like, or just click on the image up top.
And hey, if you’re in Brooklyn, why not stop by The Rock Shop tomorrow night (Friday, Sept. 30) and see us play some songs? Come on, it’ll be… fun? Okay, I’m sure you all would rather see genius Louis CK at the Bell House (um, I would!), but we all know that’s gonna sell out before you can get a ticket anyway. So just walk a few blocks over to the Rock Shop and hear some music instead, yes? Yes.
Procrastination sketch, drawn on Jack Kirby’s birthday. Oh well.
So, at the risk of alienating those of you who pay attention to this blog because you “enjoy” my comics & illustration work (all 5 of you - hi, how are ya?), I also occasionally play guitar in a rock band. Despite being in said band, I spend far more of my leisure audio hours listening to podcasts than I do to music, rock or otherwise. So, I figured- why not shove the two together? Hence, a podcast featuring a band you don’t care about, gabbing at length about their music and other trivial matters. But you do get a full free song every week, too. So why not give it a listen? My wife says it’s funny - she’s an unbiased, impartial observer, right?
We’ve released six of these suckers so far, and plan to continue for quite a while (or at least until we run out of songs (but really then we’ll just write some more)). You can find it in iTunes right HERE, or go to the band’s website.
And just to keep this vaguely comics and/or illustration-related, the podcast art above is of course by yours truly, as is the flyer below for the band’s next show at the end of September, right here in Brooklyn at the Rock Shop (a great venue). Thank you for your kind indulgence - we shall return to comics and nonsensical drawings next time…
Alas, poor… uh…
Late-night stress sketch. Drawn from an old stock photo (mostly (sort of)). Explanations unnecessary / impossible.
Sloppy Skele-Squid City Sketch
“To live in Manhattan is to be persistently amazed at the worlds squirreled inside one another, the chaotic intricacy with which realms interleave, like those lines of television cable and fresh water and steam heat and outgoing sewage and telephone wire and whatever else which cohabit in the same intestinal holes that pavement-demolishing workmen periodically wrench open to the daylight and to our passing, disturbed glances. We only pretend to live on something as orderly as a grid.”
-Jonathan Lethem, from Chronic City, which I just finished reading. A good one. As a perpetually ambivalent New Yorker, passages like the above stirred up a recurring frustrated, fleeting affection for this often irritating place. Spent a few weeks enjoying this one, mostly while on the subway between Brooklyn & Manhattan. Speaking of which:
“The New York subway is a vast, disordered mind, obsessing in ruts carved by trauma a century earlier.”
Worth your time if you’re looking for a good read (as is just about all of the Lethem catalog), bonus points if you’re looking for NY insights or giant tigers.